I have to tell you...these blogging awards are so new to me - people I don't even know read and LIKE me - I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by it (by all means, don't stop *laughing*).
I have to tell you though...the person who bestowed the Versatile Blogger Award on me - cdnkaro at four under 4 (plus two) - is, quite possibly, Super Woman literally. She speaks 6 languages, runs her own translation business, is pursuing her PhD, teaches at university, and is also raising 4 children under the age of 4 all while maintaining a regularly posted to blog. Are you not personally exhausted just reading about her? And yet, she takes every bit of it in stride like that's, wow, not awe-inspiring. In fact, an "I don't know how you do it!" statement is a pet peeve of hers. As she said about receiving her own Versatile Blogger award, "I'm just a woman doing the best she can with the four blessings that have come my way, trying to balance motherhood and home life with my 'extracurricular' pursuits. I live day to day, just like everyone else does, trying to find that elusive, mythical ideal known as 'balance' and just do the best I can, hoping I don't burn out or let people down along the way."
And this woman? This Super Woman who, admittedly, puts her pants on one leg at a time just like all of us? Takes the time - what little spare time she has - to read ME, y'all. Me. Little old Wyoming-born-and bred me. I feel...wow. I cannot tell you how honored I am that she would read, like, and want to hear more from me.
And yet...she wants to know more and I'm going to give it to her (although I ran out of intrigue a few days ago)!
However, I'm going to play this a bit differently. According to what she posted, the rules of the Versatile Blogger Award are this: "The premise behind the award is that the blogger who receives this award is invited to share seven things about themselves with their readers, and then pass on the award to 15 other bloggers."
I am, instead, going to take a page from Masked Mom and give you 7 favorite things from 7 favorite categories. You ready? OK! Let's go.
1) 7 things I wouldn't want to live without (excluding people):
- The interwebz.
- Paper and a writing utensil.
- Public radio.
- Comfy pajamas.
- Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird
- Anne Shirley from the Anne of Green Gables series
- Dr. Kay Scarpetta from Patricia Cornwell's novels
- Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia
- Elizabeth Bennett (and Mr. Darcy) from Pride and Prejudice
- Josephine March from Little Women
- Larry Underwood from Stephen King's The Stand
- Ira Glass (host of This American Life)
- David Sedaris (author and occasional contributor to This American Life)
- Sarah Vowell (author and occasional contributor to This American Life...theme here much?)
- Queen Latifah
- Megan Mullally (Karen from Will and Grace)
- Aisha Tyler (Lana from Archer)
- Richard Butler (singer for Psychedelic Furs)
4) 7 movies I know all the dialogue to:
- The Breakfast Club
- Sixteen Candles
- Pride and Prejudice (the BBC version with Colin Firth because ME-OW!)
- Terminator 2
- Big Trouble in Little China
- Fingernail painting
- Speaking (6...SIX!) foreign languages
- Solid boundary setting
- Stand up comedian
Brand New Day from The Wiz
Run from Gnarls Barkley
Gimme Shelter from The Rolling Stones
A Forest from The Cure
Comfortably Numb from Pink Floyd
You Ain't No Good from The Bamboos
That was 7 in 7. Or 7 and 7 as the Goth Father might appreciate. By jove, I think I've done it!
And now I'm supposed to bestow this award on 15 others...except...I can't. Mostly because, as cdnkaro mentioned, several of the bloggers I follow have already received this - among others - award. And y'all - most of you - know about each other.
So, I'm mostly going to point you in the direction of my Blog Roll. If you're looking for other people to read and follow, those are the ones you ought to be taking a look see.
Except...I am going to point you to a few. who deserve the Versatile Blogger Award..
Last Minute Mommy - Mandy awarded me the Leibster Award for the second time. I didn't acknowledge her then here, in this blog, but I do adore her and she needs to be recognized for her own writing. Frankly, I started following her well before she started reading me. She's lovely. Thank you, Mandy, for writing and your support of my own writing. I know you're taking a break. But The Grotto inhabitants and the ones you think have fabulous names await your grand return!
Successfully Underachieving - Who thinks she's never picked for these kinds of awards. Well, Lovely, you've been picked now. What will you do about it? She's raw and fresh and trying to find her way through her 20's post-divorce. Give her some love and encouragement, won't you?
The last one I'm going to mention, well, it's not because she's a Versatile Blogger. But I want to call your attention to her because A) if you're interested in food and health and a holistic, natural approach to life and food, she is sincerely your girl and B) because she's my sister and I think she is phenomenal, inspirational, and brilliant. Please take a look at Monica Corrado at Simply Being Well. She knows more about food and holistic health than anyone ought to know. She is particularly focused on what is good, healthy, holistic, and balanced for children under 5...my nephew, himself, is just turning six (SIX!) today! I swear she knows what she is talking about...for infants, toddlers, and adults. Go! Love her! Read her! Me and she and they will thank you.